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1 :: My OCD is tingling, too. I can't figure out how to center that YouTube video. I'm very sorry. (Just kidding, thanks to the genius of my friend, it's been fixed.)

2 :: No, I'm not begging you to follow me on Bloglovin'. They just made me do that to claim my blog. I'm very sorry.

3 :: Thank you muchly, Rachel, for letting me steal an exact replica of your idea without asking. ^.^

4 :: Those who watch Psych... you'll be laughing, probably, at this point. Regarding the bananas.

5 :: The last picture ought to hint at what I've been thinking about lately. (Five Enchanted Roses, anyone?)

sunflowers and such

The day may come when I am tagged for the Sunflower Blogger Tag... Award... Thingie. And hey, it happens to be this day! Emma, you're the first person to tag me for such. Therefore... well, heck, I'm doin' it!

I'm certain most of you know the "rules" for this tag. I state eleven random facts about myself, then tag several more people. (I think that, technically, it's supposed to be eleven, but I'm going to Not Do That.) Oh, and I have to answer the eleven questions Emma has conjectured. Let us begin.

Random Facts:

1 :: I have the cutest feet in the world. (Or so my momma says. She might be biased, though.)

2 :: I received all three Lord of the Rings movies for Christmas last year. I've only seen one thus far. (GASPS) But listen up. If I plan to take four hours out of my day to watch a movie that will emotionally shred my soul (therefore making it impossible to continue forward in life without spending another two hours watching Disney songs on YouTube), well... it's difficult finding time to make that possible. But throw me a computer and Internet and I'll watch Studio C all day long!

3 :: I've read four of the Five Glass Slippers  stories. (What Eyes Can See, Broken Glass, The Windy Side of Care, and The Moon Master's Ball.) And thus far Broken Glass  and The Moon Master's Ball  are my favorites. I absolutely love those stories.

4 :: I "follow" peoples' Instagrams, but because I don't have my own Instagram, my actions are dubbed "stalking." Shameful.

5 :: I've never actually read the entire Alice in Wonderland, nor have I seen the entire movie. That part where that dude eats those poor little shrimp... why, it disturbed me as a teenager! However, there's some splendidly good quotes in that story.

6 :: Let's see... how do I put this nicely? CAPTAIN AMERICA IS MINE. There. That oughta do it.

7 :: I cosplayed as Amy March to a costume party. It was actually in a dress that was an almost-exact replica of Felicity's summer dress:

Not the right era, I know, but it was on clearance and it worked splendidly. Plus, it's a gorgeous dress.

8 :: I'm a hobbit. But you knew that.

9 :: I'm beta-reading two novels right now. My friend Emily's The Homestead and Jenny Freitag's Plenilune. Yes, this was merely a bragging-fact. You're welcome.

10 :: DOZENS OF COPIES SOLD! That is, of Cry of Hope. I'm tempted to use that as my marketing slogan.

11 :: My wardrobe contains a lot of blues and pinks.

Emma's Questions:

1 :: Tell us a little about the story you’re working on (if you’re working on one).
Sensical Nonsense. It's all rather hush-hush right now. I'm sorry. However, there is this one dreamer-like fellow named Adam Connell, and then there's a girl-dreamer called Kitty Fowler, and then there's some laughter, and SPOILERS, and it's called a romance, and then MORE SPOILERS, and Never Land talk, and SPOILERS AGAIN, and that's it. It's really a very dear story and very close to my heart.

2 :: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last six months?
Oh, dear. Let me think for a moment...

Probably Broken Glass  by Emma Clifton (heh, heh... who happened to tag me). It's in the Five Glass Slippers  book, but you knew that. And since I said it's the best thing I've read in the last six months, you know  it's good. So you should really buy Five Glass Slippers.

3 :: What’s the worst book you’ve read in the last six months?

Well, gracious. This is even tougher than the first. You see, I have difficulty remembering what books I've read in the last six months...

Probably The Bad Beginning, the first book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. OH GOSH. I just remembered that I desperately needed to return that to the friend I borrowed it from and I can't now because I won't see her for six weeks. On the other hand, she'll be home for one day in about three days, so hopefully I can return it to her then.

Back to the book, however. It was a very sad story (which was stated bluntly from the very beginning), but I loved the style. So it's not that it was a bad book, it just wasn't a favorite.

4 :: Favorite Avenger?
This one's pretty obvious by now. Cap.

5 :: Which Mr. Darcy do you prefer: Colin Firth or Matthew Macfadyen?
Matthew MacFadyen. I actually haven't seen Colin Firth's rendition, but honestly, I'm not very interested in watching that version. I love the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice. And Matthew Macfadyen plays a pretty hot Mr. Darcy. ("Actually, a hot guy is probably not an appropriate term. I'm gonna say... let's say a spiritual hunk.")

Ahem. Anyway. Moving on. (Especially since all Austenites are coming at me with tooth and claw for not desiring to watch the classic P&P and actually loving -- not liking, loving! -- the Keira Knightley version. Cap, save me.)

6 :: What is your favorite joke? Please tell it!
Does this count? ^.^

7 :: If you could take the place of any Disney princess and marry their prince, who would you choose?
Um, Rapunzel, of course!

8 :: What is your favorite book cover?
Ooh, that's tough. I'm going to say this one:

9 :: What sort of music do you listen to while writing?
Anything that reminds me of what I'm writing! (And sometimes things that don't remind me of what I'm writing...)

10 :: How long have you been writing for?
This question could be taken in one sense and then in another. I've been writing -- really writing -- for about two and a half years. However, if we're counting the ungood things I wrote when I was younger, then I've been writing about five years (though a year break should be smuggled in there somewhere).

11 :: Do you like getting tagged for blog awards?
"I, um... I think  so?"

I tag...

:: and whoever else wants to join this tag!

My questions be this:

1 :: Favorite classic Disney song?
2 :: Mermaids or elves?
3 :: Who is your favorite dead author?
4 :: Which country do you most want to visit?
5 :: Which state do you most want to visit? (I'm talking U.S., of course.)
6 :: Dream job?
7 :: Any future names in store for your future children?
8 :: Captain America or Bucky Barnes?
9 :: Which is your preferred choice of weapon?
10 :: Which non-published book are you most looking forward to reading?
11 :: If you were forced to dye your hair a different color, what color would you choose?

(Oh, and I add that you needn't feel obligated to participate in this tag if you don't want to or haven't the time to.)

hakuna matata

(A random title that has little to do with this post and is merely used because of its Disneyness.)

I've brought you a vlog today in which I talk about the bloggers and YouTubers I've met. I haven't decided if this counts as bragging or just stating the facts... ;)

It's amazing how you can make a video seem coherent when you chop it up and toss it around a bit.

luminescence stolen

The light had broken from between the clouds and it stirred not a soft sigh of sympathy in the archer's heart. She lifted the Arrow to her bow and let the taut string play with her fingertips. This Arrow was weightless. She lifted her eyes to the sunlight -- the sharp light sent tremors through her unfeeling veins -- and she swallowed a swollen breath. She jerked back the string and the Arrow streamed from the bow. It punctured the light with an effortless whisper of air.

Then the light fell. It fell to the ground, and every colour blinded the archer as her bewitched sight remained glazed and frozen. She slowly dropped her bow to the ground -- the ground that was suddenly gone. The light erupted around her, enfolding her every part with luminescence. Then she fell. She fell, her feet tumbling up and around her. And as she fell, she remembered.

Then there was nothing at all.

beautiful people | adam connell

I suppose it's about time I share with you this absolutely bestest fellow. I have told very few people so far about my current Sort Of work-in-progress, Sensical Nonsense. I don't intend to share very much now, but perhaps this questionnaire will give you a substantial peek into the life of one of the two characters in my happy mind-world of present-day San Francisco.

(For more information about how you can participate in "Beautiful People", skedaddle over to Sky's blog and read this post.)


1) What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it? 

Adam Fitzwilliam Connell. His first name was given him due to the generic reason of it's sounding nice. His parents liked it. His middle name! Well, his mother was quite the dreamer herself. Her favorite book was, quite obviously, Pride and Prejudice. His last name is from a string of Irish ancestors, though his Irish heritage is rather extinct in his family now. They're pretty American.

2) How old are they, and when were they born? 

Adam is twenty-one years old. He doesn't like having his birthday shared on social media, so I'm respecting that and remaining mysterious.

3) Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus questions: 1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!) 

Adam is slightly shorter than average height. His head seems a little large for his body, but that is quite likely due to his thick, tousled hair. He wears black-rimmed glasses, which gives him a scholarly look, and his eyes are often to be found twinkling with humor or mistily gazing into the ideas of his imagination. He is of Irish descent, but he's very American. His mother also has a very tiny string of Cherokee blood in herself, though both he and his sister Jessie show no sign of it outside of their American loyalty. His face is very clearly described in this picture:

4) Describe your character's personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences. 

Dreamer-like. Note that I did not say "dreamlike", for "dreamer-like" and "dreamlike" are two very different things. He is dreamer-like in that he is very thoughtful and optimistic. He is quick to notice and appreciate beauty of any sort; he often unconsciously understands the heart of people and situations; and he can be very gentle and very brave.

5) What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc? 

"I don’t mind your odd behavior,
It’s the very thing I love.
If you were an ice cream flavor,
You would be my favorite one.

My imagination sees you
Like a painting by Van Gogh.
Starry nights and bright sunflowers
Follow you where you may go..."

- "all about your heart" by mindy gledhill

6) Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character? 

Either pride or sloth, I suppose. I tend to not focus on the bad parts of characters in my books, though. Specifically not in this book. I can't exactly pick one of the seven deadly sins to describe Adam.

7) If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air), which one would they be? 


8) What is their favorite word? 

"Prunes!" because Kitty says it often.

9) Who’s one person they really miss? (It could be someone who’s passed away, or someone they’re not close to anymore, or someone who’s moved away.)

Ever since he moved to San Francisco (for the first time on his own away from his family), he has especially missed his twelve-year-old sister, Jessie, who is very close to his heart.

10) What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?

SIGHTS: Shimmery red hair, anything that looks remotely freckly, cartoon sketches of Peter Pan, and fat cats.

SOUNDS: Laughter that sounds like bells, froggy voices because Jessie's voice would remain froggy for whole months after she caught a cold, and the word "Wilbur."

SMELLS: Tatortots, bad morning breath, and lavender.

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